Psalm 18. I admit, when looked at how long it was at first, I sighed thinking it may be a little too long for my tastes this morning. But then I sat, prayed and asked God to bless our time together. And….He did. Oh how He did.
Psalm 18 begins with a statement from David, the Psalmist, about how strong God is. He uses words like rock, fortress, shield, and horn. Each display a part, a strength of the LORD. Then David shared how he called upon the LORD to help him because his enemy was against him. Then begins a wondrous description of the LORD’s fierce anger in overcoming David’s enemies. It was there, in verse 19 that it hit me. GOD IS FOR YOU GERALD, NOT AGAINST YOU. The Holy Spirit revealed softly to my heart that God rewarded me for my righteousness (right living). We see, however, that righteousness (right living) can only come from obeying the Word of the LORD (see v. 32).
Then the LORD in His kindness showed me a wondrous Truth in v. 23. I’ve always read these verses and thought, “Whatever. No one can be like this. No one can be blameless and keep themselves from iniquity ALL THE TIME.” And again, the Holy Spirit revealed to me that David isn’t saying he’s perfect…JUST DILIGENT!
Then I rejoiced and lo and behold that is exactly what David did in this Psalm (vv. 30-32). When trouble comes in life, we sometimes bow our heads and, wait for it, sigh! We think, this is too much for me. I don’t have time for this. What is the point of this hardship. But then you see that God is kind and merciful and He wants to help you because, after all, God is for you, not against you. The battles you face have purpose, and that is exactly what David showed (vv. 33-42).
And as if this were not enough, the end of Psalm 18 is the culmination of the awesome nature of the LORD. In v. 43 David gives a description of what it’s like to rule over people after he has returned from fleeing from the hand of Saul; but oh, there is much more to see here!
This is a picture of what it’s like to rule and reign in the Kingdom of Heaven with Christ when He comes!! And how can you rule and reign with Christ…
Remember you have an enemy who is coming against you, but God is greater than he is.
Remember Who your strength is and recognize Him as such.
Live a righteous (right living) life by living according to the Word of God.
Keep the ways of the LORD.
Be diligent to remain blameless.
Allow the trials and tribulations of life to be used for good, because God is for you, not against you.